Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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2,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 406 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 11-10-2008

Brought back in 2010
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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby, almost cherry color; very small head that dissipates rapidly; minimal lacing. Vivid nose of pumpkin spices.

Turns out to be quite tasty; well balanced between the spices and some earthy/gourdy pumpkin flavor; vaguely buttery. The buttery taste is noticed on the finish.

Lively carbonation. Drinkable, actually very good example that delivers pretty highly on the pumpkin flavor. This feels almost like a lighter version of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumkin with more carbonation.

This one is heavy on the spices so beware if that's not your thing!

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a hazelnut brown in color with a off white poofy head. It smelled of cinnamon and nutmeg with some light pumpkin bread aromas. The taste was mildly sweet, almost syrupy sweet, with good notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin is sutble at best but it is pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is relatively light and pretty smooth with medium carbonation. It's decently drinkable but does seem to get sweeter after awhile.

Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, spice (nutmeg), slight yeast, hint of pumpkin, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice), hint of earthy malt, pumpkin, hint of hop, and slight yeast. Overall, very drinkable, great blend, and good aroma.

Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, dark copper, more reddish than orange, with a short beige cap that settled to a collar within a couple of minutes. Lots of caramel and spices in the aroma, mostly nutmeg but with some cinnamon and ginger as well, slightly toasty. Slightly vegetable quality up front in the flavour, moderate bitterness that appeared towards the finish, sweet and spicy in the middle, a little bready. More of the nutmeg and ginger with slight cinnamon that was apparent in the nose. Slightly slick in the finish, nice texture overall, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. A decent pumpkin ale, nothing out of the ordinary but pretty easy drinking.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin pie. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, other spices, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't have the orangeness you'd want in a pumpkin ale. Also lacked the aroma of pumpkin, which is mild, but still, a little more cinammon would bring it out.

Taste, still the same problem, not so much pumpkin to it. Coriander seems to be the most prevalent thing, and I doubt its even in the beer. Weird unidentifiable spice presence, its not the cinnamon. Maybe its ginger. Pumpkin is not supposed to be this bitter.

Its easy enough to drink and all, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, unless you're a huge pumpkin freak, but if that's the case, you'll probably be even less impressed with this as you'd probably had many of the better ones.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before January 2011.

A clear reddish copper colour with a 1 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

The smell has some nice fresh pumpkin pie like notes with some light spicing. It smells promising.

The taste doesn't disappoint as it follows the smell. Nice pumpkin and a toasted malt flavour with a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is a bit weird; kind of a harshness on the tongue.

Good drinkability for a Pumpkin Ale...

Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First pumpkin ale of the season for me.

Pours a nice garnet color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Presentation gets an "A".

Aroma is chock full of spices with only a hint of actual pumpkin. At least it doesn't overwhelm there.

Taste is light with a hint of spice (I'm thinking nutmeg?) along with just a slight amount of pumpkin. Kind of bland actually.

Mouthfeel is full of slight pumpkin and spice notes. Underwhelming.

Sure, it is still quite drinkable but otherwise, I don't see why they bothered to make a pumpkin ale. You probably know by now that there are much better examples available. Only try if you're really curious.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Batch with an expiration date of Feb 2012. Sampled on September 8, 2011. This beer is handsome and inviting on the eye with its dark amber-copper color and softly floating head above some wild, ongoing carbonation bubbles. The pumpkin and spices announce themselves in a lower key on the nose. They are there but not overdone. The body is on the full side. Clove, pepper, and sweet malts rule the day in the flavor followed by a moderately bitter finish. This lands high on my list of pumpkin ales but not the highest. Still, quite good.

Photo of claspada
2.66/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep ruddy amber with adequate lacing and a nice creamy head which dissipates with time.

Aroma are pretty standard for a pumpkin beer. Pumpkin pie spice, some actual pumpkin present as well which is surprising. I'm impressed so far.

Taste does not follow the nose on this one. This beer is average at best. Some bready maltiness and spice is the beginning. Some nutmeg, clove, and a faint pumpkin flavor. I am bored with this beer 1/3 of the way in. Eh, decent beer but nothing to seek out. I bought the whole Fall Harvest 12 pack for this, I feel stupid. I would just prefer more pumpkin flavor or flavor in general but that is my feelings on most of Sam Adams beers.

Mouthfeel is light to medium body, prickly carbonation. It doesn't have the fullness that I seek in a pumpkin beer.

Overall this is a fairly drinkable beer but boring in the end. Best described as middle of the road, like all Sam Adams beers are in my opinion.

Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Clear brownish red colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, pumpkin, all spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and pumpkins. There is also a bit of a cola flavour and some all spice. It ends with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall - It doesn't taste as good as it smells, but it also remains fairly drinkable by not being too in your face. I could actually drink a few of these back to back.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured dark amber sort of like the Oktoberfest, with the same creamy white head.

S - Slight caramel with mild cinnamon and nutmeg. Not sure if I can smell any real pumpkin.

T - It was OK. Not too spicy and it seems they did sort of base the Oktoberfest from this since it's sweet and has a nice caramel sweetness base but the spices are really subdued and kind of bland. About halfway down the glass they are so moderate that you can't even taste them anymore.

M - Medium to light. Drinkable.

D - Well I have 3 more and I read some of the reviews to let it warm up a bit to taste more spices or pumpkin but as I figure it in a 30 dollar case it wasn't a bad pumpkin beer for 1.25. Heck Shipyards was 3x worse and I paid a solid 2.50 to try it's badness again just to review it here. Solid brew

Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up from Julio's. Wante to try this for a couple years now...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, crystal clear deep copper almost hazelnut with a nice one finger creamy head that faded slowly to leave minimal side lacing and nice haloing.

S - Sweet malts, light pumpkin spice notes, and even some nice pumpkin.

T - More of the same. Some sweet malts typical pumpkin pie spices. A little bit of roasted veg (pumpkin) rounds things out.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation for this style though it does feel slightly thin.

O - Overall I enjoyed this sam adam's offering. I'd rather drink this than a shipyard.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
"For brewery fresh taste drink by" Jan notched on label. no info. (5.7% ABV)

A - The gorgeous crystal clarity allows the roasted amber-pumpkin orange color vibrancy that's topped by a creamy, dense pile of foam. All it's missing is the lace for a picture-perfect fall brew.

S - Freshly lobotomized Jack 'O Lantern comes out stronger than the spice in this pumpkin ale. Clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg all play a fantastic role in this seasonally awesome nose. Lightly sweet caramel malts and Vienna toast provide an excellent base.

T - Sweet caramel and toasted Vienna malts add a touch of toffee to this brew's flavor. Malt-heavy with a background of pumpkin and spice. It's very well balance and nuanced.

M - Creamy and smooth, the moderate carbonation is there but steps aside in feel. Sweet-ish but not cloying, spicy but mildly so, and it finishes with a great fall crispness.

O - Damn if this beer isn't a perfect companion for a cool fall day. The upfront spice and pumpkin in the aroma is perfectly reserved in flavor which makes it quite sessionable. It's one of the only beers of the style I could have multiple pints of without growing tired out quickly. Smooth and crisp, I think I found one of my new fall favorites!

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rich, malty aroma has a strong overtone of cinnamon and a firm pumpkin hint. Pours a clear, dark copper with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent light tan head. Flavor has a core of malt and pumpkin with strong cinnamon and clove notes and just a hint of caramel. Quite satisfying and tasty, almost like a liquid pumpkin pie. Smooth texture has good body and fizz. A darned good beer for saying farewell to Summer and hello to Autumn.

Photo of barnzy78
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish-ruby color, with some particulates suspended with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are weak but spicy - cinnamon & nutmeg, malty grain. Tastes are cinnamon,clove, nutmeg, overseasoned pumpkin pie (seems to be too much clove), cinnamon bun, brown sugar, caramel. Finishing tastes are better than the initial tastes. Nice medium body with ample carbonation. Overall, this one just didn't do it for me, but I'm not crazy over the pumpkin spice beers to begin with.

Photo of clayrock81
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish hue, reddish tint, with some moderate head and lace on top of a spicy aroma with subtle sweet malt notes, not much in pumpkin. Taste is the same as the spices are dominant and I just really can't get a handle on the pumpkin; medium-bodied and does pass easy and smooth with some sweetness but not enough. This is an ok offering but not the best pumpkin beer out there by any means.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a thick cap of dense tan foam. Retention is good and not much lacing.

Nose is sweet caramel with lots of pumpkin pie spicing. Heavy on the clove and cinnamon. Smells pretty good and the nose is fairly big.

High level of sweetness actually seems to be a good thing here, as it offsets some of the dry, bitter spice. Gives it a full body too. Little bit of toast comes in as it warms. Not bad, I think it would be hard to drink more than one or two at a time...but if this were to be offered in a six-pack, I would probably buy one each year. Well done, BBC

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Pours a beautiful translucent copper with a sizzling, half-inch, cream-colored head that quickly dissipates into a thin, soapy skim - no lacing on this one. Nose smells like pumpkin pie - nutmeg and allspice. Taste consistent with nose. Flavor profile is nicely balanced without being too cloying and there's a nice, subtle cleansing hops presence that comes out towards the back to help dissipate the flavors between quaffs. Moutfeel is medium-light with a lively effervescence. An extremely easy drinking example of the style. I have to say that I am not a huge fan of the style per se, but when I crave a Pumpkin Ale I usually go for a big beer (Pumking, Imperial Pumpkin, etc.). Having tried this brew, it has made me rethink my position. A very satisfying and balanced brew without the cloying quality and alcohol punch in the face.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear copper with a patient head. Leaves weaker lacing. Head can just barely be labeled 'off-white'.

S-Fake pumpkin and spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon and other Autumn spices. A slice of dark bread. Pumpkin is kinda artificial. Maybe too spiced?

T-Don't love how the pumpkin comes out on the palate. There is also too much spice for me. Autumn spice with little remorse. Bread with butter. Mild yeast.

M-Medium bodied. A bit creamy. Sturdy carbonation. Drinkable.

O/D-Not my favorite Pump. Hard to really deliver with this style. I also really need to be in the mood for this style. Won't be grabbing a seder of this any Autumn in the near future.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of light brown head develop and sit nicely on top of a clearish orange brew, holding together well and dropping some good, patchy lacing as the beer drops down the glass.
I can't help wondering if the recipe has been changed at all, because this beer isn't overly spiced and it's not lacking flavor. Instead, it's one of the most balanced pumpkin ales out there, mingling a moderate spicing, sweetness, and pumpkin flesh along with malts. What results is a tasty beer with depth, pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. As far as the spicing, I get cinnamon, nutmeg, and an overall profile similar to gingerbread with a lighter spiciness to it. It follows through with toast and some light creamy sweetness akin to caramel and/or vanilla.
The smoothness rolls through this beer in a creamy medium body. It's lightly crisp underneath, and carbonation is at a low to moderate level.
Again, I can't help wondering from previous reviews if this recipe has been tweaked for 2012.

Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Pumpkin beers I have had. Lacks that big graham cracker pumpkin pie crust flavor from Pumpking...not as full flavored as Weyerbacher Imperial...probably along the lines of Dogfish Head.

A-Burnt orange/amber color...looks clean..

S-Nice natural pumpkin pie aroma...spicing is perfect...complements a natural vegetal pumpkin dimension. really nice.

T-Nice balancing act with the spices and many of these are overspiced...this is perfectly spiced.

M-High side of medium bodied...feels right..

D-Excellent pumpkin from Sammy...blows most out of the water...

Photo of ColForbinBC
2.41/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A deep red amber body sits beneath a two finger light khaki cap. The cap falls quickly, leaving no lace behind.

Weird nose. Cough syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. No pumpkin to be found. Toasted caramel and sticky toffee are dominant.

The cough syrup component up front is reall off putting. Basic pumpkin spice through the middle with some lingering nutmeg and sticky caramel/toffee. After a while, I start to get some fleshy pumpkin, but maybe I am forcing myself to think its there

Medium body with very low carbonation. Some warming creeps in.

This is a pretty mediocre pumpkin beer. I couldn't really move past the cough syrup component and the general lack of pumpkin is disappointing.

Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper tinted brown, minimal cap of off-white head. Scent brings balance between pumpkin pie spices and toffee-like malt sweetness. Taste brings a firm dose of allspice, clove, cinnamon, moderate toffee and bready malts, muted pumpkin taste compared to other aspects of taste, small grassy and herbal hop presence. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Solid pumpkin ale, heavy on the malt bill and spice, muting pumpkin qualities.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a tan head. In the aroma, earthy and gourd like fruitiness. In the taste, cinnamon and vanilla, a light maltiness. A spice like bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, spicy aftertaste. Big spice, yet not too overwhelming.

Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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